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FALL 1987 

Columbia Seminary 
completes renovations 

Columbia Theological Seminary 
recently completed major renovations 
on Campbell Hall and the Friendship 
Apartments. Work on the buildings 
lasted for six months. The new 
changes will greatly enhance the life 
and work of the seminary. 

Funds for the Campbell Hail 
renovation came from an anonymous 
foundation, which donated $300,000. 
The work on Campbell Hall, built in 
1927, actually began during the 
summer of 1986. The exterior of 
Columbia's main administrative and 
classroom building was thoroughly 
cleaned and waterproofed. After this 
was completed, work began in the 
basement of Campbell Hall. 

The basement had one large 
classrooom and a small, inadequate 
area for the typing pool. In addition, 
there were several small rooms for 
storage and an area for maintenance. 

Workers stripped out the entire 
basement. They tore down walls and 
excavated new areas to provide more 
space. The original space was 
renovated to hold several offices. 

There are now two mail rooms 
with a work area, space for the typing 
pool, a large storage room, two 
administrative offices, and the 
Supervised Ministry Office. The 
Supervised Ministry Office had been 
on the first floor in an area shared by 
the Admissions Office. Supervised 
Ministry now has a large reception 
area, two offices, and a conference 

In addition to these facilities, the 
newly excavated space on the 
building's east side has restrooms and 
two offices. These offices are already in 
use by adjunct faculty members. 

After the work was completed in 
Campbell Hall's basement, workers 
moved to the first floor. The area 
previously shared by Supervised 
Ministry and Admissions was 
renovated for use by the Admissions 
Office alone. The space now has a 
reception area, an office for the 
Director of Admissions, a conference 
room, a storage room, and a small 
room for a copier. 

On the other side of the hall 
another area of the first floor has been 
transformed. It formerly held the 
Dean of Students Office and the 
mail/copier room. When the mail 
room moved into the big, new area 
downstairs, the entire area on the first 
floor was given over to the Dean of 
Students. Renovations made room for 
a reception area, a conference room, 
the Dean of Students office, the 
Associate Dean of Students office, the 
financial aid/secretary's office, and a 
coffee area. 

The seminary's office space has 
become much more functional and 
efficient. All three new conference 
rooms are intended for multiple use 
— for small classes, conferences, 
meetings, or interviews. Until this 
time there was inadequate space to 
interview students for calls to 
churches, admission to Columbia, or 


Exterior of Campbell Hall was pressure washed and waterproofed. 

for supervised ministry placements. All 
the renovations in Campbell were 
done as part of a larger plan to meet 
present needs and to prepare the 
seminary for the next century. 

The Friendship Apartments were 
the second site for renovation on the 
Columbia campus. The building of 12 
student apartments had not been 
renovated since its completion in 
I960. Renovation funds for the 
apartments came from another 
anonymous foundation, which 
contributed $180,000. 

The apartments' interiors were 
painted along with the building's 
stairways. Extra insulation was added 
to the attic for greater energy 
efficiency, and the old windows were 
replaced with thermopane windows. 

Each apartment received a new 
furnace and air conditioning. 
Previously, none of the apartments 
had air conditioning. 

Inside the apartments, each unit 
received new mini-blinds to replace 
the old Venetian blinds. New water 
heaters were installed, and new carpet 
was put down. 

The biggest change took place in 
the apartment kitchens. Each kitchen 
now has a new set of cabinets, as well 
as a new stove. In addition, the 
workers put in new floor coverings in 
all of the kitchens. 

The work on the apartments was 
done during the summer with 
minimal displacement of students and 
Continued on page 2 

Columbia begins new year 

New students register for fall classes. 

President Douglas Oldenburg 
presented a challenge to the Columbia 
Seminary community in his address, 
"Beginning with a Vision," during 
the opening convocation at Columbia 
Presbyterian Church on September 9. 
He invited all students and faculty to 
share in the shaping of that vision. 

The opening convocation officially 
welcomed new students who have 
come to learn and to work in 
Columbia's academic programs this 
fall. Columbia has added 52 new 
students to the master's degree 
programs. The majority of students 
enter the M.Div. program while 
others enroll in the more specialized 
Master of Arts in Theological Studies 
or the Master of Arts in Youth 
Ministry programs. In addition, five 
persons have been admitted as 

unclassified students. 

The new students come from 12 
states and four countries, and 88 
percent of them are members of the 
Presbyterian Church (USA). The 
average age for this group is 33.7. 
This new group of students represents 
a doubling of the percentage of 
women students over the last two-year 
period; forty percent of the new 
students are female. 

These students are graduates of 
such institutions as Eckerd, Agnes 
Scott, Davidson, Presbyterian, Austin, 
Flagler, and Wofford Colleges and the 
College of William and Mary, the 
Universities of Georgia, Florida, 
Tennessee, California at Irvine, Texas; 
Auburn, Baylor, Duke, Georgia State, 
Tulane, and Wake Forest Universities; 
Continued on page 2 

From the President 

Douglas W. Oldenburg 

In my opening convocation address, 
"Beginning With A Vision,'' 1 invited 
faculty and students to join me in 
shaping a vision for Columbia 
Seminary. 1 acknowledged that it is 
always tempting to settle for the way 
things are and suggested that the 
beginning of a new school year is a 
good time to "climb the mountain'' 
again for a renewed vision of what 
could be. For openers, I offered three 
elements in my vision for Columbia 
1. A Scholarly Community - searching 
for God's truth. Recognizing that 
many of us have a built-in resistance 
to the erudite sound of the word 
"scholar," 1 nevertheless envision 
Columbia to be a community where 
scholarship — hard, disciplined study, 

New year 

Continued from page 1 

and others. Thirty-seven percent of the 
class graduated from church-related 

The new students bring a variety 
of gifts with them to Columbia 
seminary. A brief listing of some of 
their jobs includes a director of 
placement and career counseling, 
landscaper, director of Christian 
education, science teacher, auto leaser, 
attorney, associate director of music; 
store manager, mortician, free-lance 
writer, counselor, vice president of 
research and development, special 
education teacher, and engineer. 

The Columbia Scholarship 
recipients for this new class are Sue 
Boardman, Karen Edwards, Lynette 
Solomon, and Jonathan Wallace. The 
Columbia Scholarship is a one-year 
scholarship for persons who have 
shown significant academic and 
leadership abilities during their 
undergraduate study. 

The Honor Scholarship recipients 
for the class are Carol Boggs, Sid 
Burgess, Sara Burress, Judy Lutz, and 
Earl Smith. Honor Scholarships are 
awarded annually on the basis of a 
students academic achievement, 
leadership, and demonstration of 
promise for the ordained ministry. 

Below is a listing of the new 
students and their hometowns 
Sylvia Babu, Bangalore, India 
Shawn Barkley, Richmond, KY 
Barbara Benton, Birmingham, AL 
Sue Boardman, Lakeland. FL 
Carol Boggs, Spartanburg, SC 
Colleen Bolkcom, Lakeland, FL 
Harry Brazell, Ellaville. GA 
Harris Brown, Atlanta, GA 
Sid Burgess, Birmingham, AL 
Sara Burress, Atlanta, GA 
Bob Chastain, Decatur, GA 
Tae Cheong, Connelly Springs, NC 
Hae Jeong Chun, Inchon, Korea 
Sharon Core, Decatur, GA 
Ginny Cushman, Summerville, SC 
Audrey Deas, John 's Island, SC 
Sue Dobbs, St. Petersburg, FL 
Karen Edwards, Tarboro, NC 
Mark George, Conyers, GA 
Chuck Goodman, DeBary, FL 

Mary Stewart Hall, Griffin, GA 
Ken Holt, Jacksonville, FL 
Beth Hoskins, Commerce, GA 
Wil Howie, Oxford, MS 
Jane HufTstetler, Pine Bluff, AR 
Jeff Hutcheson, Jonesboro, GA 
Dolores Ingraham, Tallahassee, FL 
Todd Jenkins, Valdosta, GA 
David Jones, Anderson, SC 
Dennis Jones, Woodstock, GA 
Tim Kiser, Altamonte Springs, FL 
Ed Knight, Atlanta, GA 
Zeta Lamberson, Marietta, GA 
Don Lawson, Inverness, FL 
Pete Little, Chattanooga, TN 
Judy Lut2, Jacksonville. FL 
Rob McDaniel, Cusseta. GA 
John McLean, Camden, SC 
Mike Murdock, Charlotte. NC 
Julius Nelson, Monrovia, Liberia 
Charlie Newton, Marietta, GA 
Jackie Newion, Lilburn, GA 
Laura Norris, Decatur, AL 
Bob Reese, Milton, FL 
Keith Riddle, Charleston, SC 
Bill Rogers, Stone Mountain. GA 
Mark Schumann, St. Petersburg, FL 
Peter Shelly, Austin, TX 
Earl Smith, Brandon, FL 
Will Smith, Albertville, AL 
Lynette Solomon, Dallas. TX 
Catherine Taylor, Mobile, AL 
Holly Tickle, Huntington Beach. CA 
Rindy Trouteaud, Roswell, GA 
Jonathan Wallace, Alexandria, VA 
Jim Weldon, Jacksonville, FL 
Debbie Zarrett, Stone Mountain, GA 

Continued from page 1 

their families. Bud Brainerd, a second 
year student, said, "The renovations 
are wonderful! We particularly like the 
air conditioning and the changes in 
the kitchen. The seminary really paid 
attention to details. " 

All of the renovations have given 
the seminary a new, fresh look. Cecil 
Moore '62, Superintendent of 
Buildings and Grounds, had an 
integral part in the long period of 
change. He said, "The only way to 
appreciate what has been done is to 
see it." The new facilities are being 
seen and well used by the Columbia 
community. D 

research, probing reflection — is taken 
seriously as a personal responsibility of 
stewardship and a mandate of loving 
God with our minds. 1 long for 
Columbia to be a community of those 
who have a thirst to learn, a passion 
for probing the mysteries of God, and 
a commitment to study, not just to 
pass a course, but to fulfill their 

2. A Caring Community - reflecting 
God's love. Our task is not only to 
nurture scholars, but pastoral scholars 
or scholarly pastors who care not only 
about understanding God's truth but 
also loving Gods hurting world. I 
want us to extend our love and care 
for one another to encompass the 
homeless people, the hungry people, 
the oppressed and the oppressors. I 
long for us to be a community that 
genuinely cares about peace and justice 
in God's world and where the 
burning issues of our day are 
discussed in a "community of moral 

Dean McKee, 
Emeritus, dies 

Dr Dean G McKee, Professor Emeri- 
tus of Biblical Exposition at Columbia 
Theological Seminary, died Sunday, 
July 19, in Decatur. He was 82. 

Dr. McKee taught at Columbia 
from 1961 until his retirement in 
1974. He came to Columbia from 
The Biblical Seminary in New York, 
where he had served as professor of 
New Testament Greek and church 
history, dean, and for 14 years as 

Dr. McKee was a graduate of 
Parsons College in Iowa and received 
his theological education from The 
Biblical Seminary, where he earned 
the degrees of Bachelor and Master of 
Sacred Theology and Doctor of 

He was an ordained minister in 
the Presbyterian Church, U.S., and 
held memberships in a number of 
professional societies. 

He is survived by his wife, Adele 
Dieckmann McKee, of Decatur. 

The funeral service was held at 
Decatur Presbyterian Church with Dr. 
Harry Daniel and Dr. Wade P. Huie 
officiating. Honorary escort was the 
Columbia Seminary faculty. 

The following is a remembrance of 
Dr. McKee by Columbia Professor 
Shirley Guthrie. 

He was a genuine Renaissance 
man. He taught Bible and church 
history in such a way that he related 
them to the history of Western 
culture in general. He interpreted the 
history of the church with reference to 
developments in art, architecture, and 
literature in the West, showing the 
interrelationship of all disciplines. So, 
for instance, he often passed around 
books of art when he taught, and 
fellow faculty members as well as 
students found themselves buying 
books with reproductions of Medieval 
and Renaissance art, as well as works 
on Biblical studies and church history. 

He was a deeply committed 
Christian and very serious about his 

discourse" from the perspective of the 
Christian faith. 

3. A Worshipping Community - 
offering thanks to God, listening for 
God's Word, and interceding for 
God's world. I pray that Columbia 
will be a community where worship is 
not incidental to our life together, but 
at the very heart of it, and where we 
worship not as spectators or critics (a 
particular danger at seminaries!) but as 
authentic participants. 

That's only the beginning of a 
vision, and to some extent we are 
already there, but still. . . I invite 
you to offer your correctives and 
additions and to join in shaping the 
vision and moving closer to it. 

With warmest regards, 

Dean McKee 

commitment to the church. He 
expected the same seriousness and 
commitment from his students. But at 
the same time he had an almost 
boyish sense of humor. He went 
about his work as a teacher with an 
obvious delight in learning and the 
discovery of new ideas and insights. 
His humor and the pleasure he took 
in teaching and learning were 
infectious, and students found 
themselves excited about learning, 
taking pleasure in their work. He 
understood himself not as an 
"authority" (though when he pointed 
at one with his famous long index 
finger, one knew he or she was on the 
spot), but as a co-learner who himself 
was always growing and learning new 
things. Faculty members and students 
alike enjoyed working with him 

McKee was also a devotee of fine 
music. He encouraged the making of 
music at Columbia. Along with 
references to painting, architecture and 
literature, his lectures were full of 
references to the music of the church 
and the way it has influenced and 
been influenced by the development of 
the Christian faith. 

He was teacher, friend, colleague 
— and a joyful Christian who set an 
example for us all.D 


Soon Son, left, received the M.Div. degree on May 31. His father, the Rev. John-Hyun 
Son, right, traveled from Korea to attend the graduation service. 

Ninety-one degrees awarded 

"WHO IS IN CHARGE-' In your ministry 
— in the ministry of us all — God 
is in charge, calling people to see 
what God is doing and to respond to 
the particular ministry God sets for 
each one. Who is in charge.' When 
God puts you in a place, God puts 
you in charge — as an intentional, 
purposeful, active, responsible minister 
of God." Dr. C. Benton Kline, 
President Emeritus and Adjunct 
Professor of Theology, spoke these 
words in his commencement address 
on May 3 1 . 

During Columbia's graduation 
exercises at Druid Hills Presbyterian 
Church, Dr. Kline reminded the 
graduates of the tension they will face 
between response to God and 
intentional action in the ministry. The 
afternoon exercises followed the 1 1 
a.m. baccalaureate service at Decatur 
Presbyterian Church. President 
Emeritus Davison Philips preached the 
baccalaureate sermon, "Religious 
Robots or Christ's Ministers.''" 

One of Columbia's largest 
graduating classes took part in the 
school's 155th commencement 
exercises. The Board of Directors of 
the seminary awarded 91 degrees. 

After Dr. Kline's commencement 
address, President Oldenburg 
presented each graduate by name to 
Board Chairman William A. Adams, 
who distributed diplomas. This was 
Dr. Oldenburg's first time to 
participate in Columbia's 
commencement ceremonies. 

Acting Dean of Students and 
Professor of Pastoral Care and 
Counseling Jasper Keith congratulated 
the students after they received 
diplomas. Vice President for Academic 
Affairs Oscar Hussel hooded the 

Thirty-two ministers received the 
Doctor of Ministry degree as a second 
professional degree. Seven others were 
awarded the Doctor of Ministry degree 
as their first professional degree. The 
Master of Divinity degree was 
awarded to 45 students, including 1 1 
who received the degree with 

distinction. Catherine Allsbury, Gerald 
Coker, Ron Hilliard, Wayne Morrison, 
Jen Parris Perkins, Diane Ragsdale, 
Bob Reno, Melana Scruggs, Rhett 
Talbert, George Waters, and Sharon 

The seminary also awarded five 
Master of Theology degrees and two 
Master of Arts in Youth Ministry 
degrees. Catherine Allsbury earned 
both the M.Div. and the M.A.Y.M. 
degrees with distinction. Norma 
Smellie also earned the M.A.Y.M. 
with distinction. 

Eleven seniors were recognized for 
academic excellence and received 
special awards or prizes. Christopher 
Zorn graduated at the top of the class 
and claimed the Wilds Book Prize. 
George Waters received the Samuel 
A. Cartledge New Testament Exegesis 

The Presbytery of St. Andrews 
Women of the Church Preaching 
Award was given to Robert Reno for 
the best sermon preached by a student 
during the academic year. Martha 
Jane Petersen received the Emma 
Gaillard Boyce Memorial Award for 
the best paper on the creative use of 
music in worship. Lee Holliday won 
the Abdullah Award for the best 
paper presenting a program for the 
teaching of Biblical materials in the 
public schools and for treating moral 
and spiritual values and their 
development in American education. 

Olin McBride and Rhett Talbert 
shared the James T. and Celeste M. 
Boyd Memorial Book Fund Award, 
given annually to persons who intend 
to build their collections of theological 
books as a resource for their ministry. 

Four graduate fellowships were 
granted to students who plan to 
pursue degrees beyond the master's 
level. Mark Bryan received the 
Columbia Graduate Fellowship. 
George Waters was given the Harvard 
A. Anderson Fellowship, and 
Columbia Friendship Circle Graduate 
Fellowships were granted to Lee 
Holliday and Melana Scruggs. D 

1987 placements 

Doctor of Ministry (In Sequence) 

Sidney D. Harmon, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Cleveland, MS 

Lee Holliday. Pastor, l.unall Square Presbyterian Church, Macon, GA 
Stuart McLean, Pastor, Kopperston Presbyterian Church, Koppersto 

Geraldine Montfort, in conversation 

Martha Jane Petersen, Graduate Study, Columbia Iheoloeical Seminary. 

Decatur, GA 
Lynn Stall, Associate Pastor, Peachtree Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA 
Christopher Zorn, Pastor, Sherrill's Ford Presbyterian Church, Sherill's 

Ford, NC 

Master of Divinity 

Catherine Allsbury, in conversation 

Patrick Bailey, Pastor, East Point Presbyterian Church, East Point, c\ 

John Blake, Associate Pastor, New Life Prcsbucnan Chinch, I miiland 

William Bland, Pastor, White Hill Presbyterian Church, Sanford, NC 
Harper Brady, Pastor, Alta Vista & Ford Creek Presbyterian Churches, 

Sweetwater, TN 
Mark Bryan, Graduate Study, University ol Sheffield, England 
James Burton, Pastor, Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church, Statham, GA 
Joey Byrd, in conversation 
Randy Clegg, Young Life Stall, First United Methodist Church, Tuckci 

Leon Clymore, Clinical Pastoral Education, Wesley Woods Center, 

Atlanta, GA 
Gerald Coker, Pastor, Glen Haven Presbytci ian Church, Decatur, GA 
Curry Davis, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Guntersville, AL 
Brett Ellington, Associate and Youth Ministei Mountain West Church ol 

God, Stone Mountain, GA 
Daniel Graham, Pastor, Jefferson Presbyterian Church, Jefferson, G \ 
Jeonghoon Han, Graduate Study, Columbia Theological Seminary, 

Decatur, GA 
Guy Helms, Graduate Study, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur. 

Richard Hill, Associate Pastor, Conyers Presbyterian Church, Conyers, 

Ronald Hilliard, Associate Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, North Palm 

Beach, FL 
Dale Hobbs, Pastor, Hopewell & Bethel Presbyterian Churches, 

Dandridge, TN; Hebron Presbyterian Church. Jcllcison Cit\ IN, 

Westminster Presbyterian Church, White Pine, TN 
Douglas Hood, Associate Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Columbus, 

Young Kim, Assistant to the Pastor, Korean Presbyterian Church of 

Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY 
Mark Linker, Pastor, Lafayette Presbyterian Church, Norfolk, VA 
Wade Malloy, Pastor, Shearer Memorial Presbyterian Church, 

Mooresville, NC 
Olin McBride, Pastor, Leland Presbyterian Church, Leland, MS 
William McKissack, Volunteer in Mission, General Assembly Mission 

Board, Bangladesh 
Wayne Morrison, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Eaton, OH 
George Naze, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Albertville, AL 
Steve Nelms, Pastor, Jackson Presbyterian Church, Jackson, GA 
Stephen Nickle, Assistant Professor of Religion and I lhaplain, Piedmont 

College, Demorest, GA 
Jun Ro Park, in conversation 
Gail Perkins, Associate Pastor, Decatur Presbyterian Church, Decatur, 

Jeri Parris Perkins, Religious Education Teacher, Thornwell Home & 

School for Children, Clinton SC 
Greg Powell, Minister to Children, Northeast Baptist Church, Doraville, 

Diane Ragsdale, Pastor, Ormewood Park Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, 

Robert Reno, Executive Director, Decatur Cooperative Ministry, Decatur, 

Karen Rice, in conversation 
Leeann Rogers, Associate Pastor, River Hills Community Church, Lake 

Wylie, SC 
Melana Scruggs, Associate Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Enid, OK 
Ronald Smith, in conversation 

Soon Son, Graduate Study, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA 
Rhett Talbert, Associate Pastor, Pasadena Presbyterian Church, St 

Petersburg, FL 
Vickie Thomas, Associate Pastor, Lakewood Presbyterian Church, 

Jacksonville, FL 

Continued on page 4 

FALL 1987 




1987 placements 
Continued from page 3 

For further information or to register for courses, call or write: 
Douglas W. Hix, Director of Advanced Studies, or 
SaraCJuengst, Associate Director of Advanced Studies 
Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA 3003 1 / 404-378-882 1 . 

Advocates in Mission. Ecumenical Missions and Relations chairpersons, 
pastors, missionaries, chairpersons and members of local Mission and 
Witness Season Committees, and anyone else with an interest in mission 
to prepare for Witness Season, 1988. Cost $20 per person; $10 for each 
additional person from the same church. 

November 20-21 Peacemaking Forum This forum will be led by 
denominational leaders and will focus on denom.nat.onal statements on 
peace and their implications for ministry in education and their 
significance to the field of peace studies. Cost $50. 

January 5-7 January Seminar for Ministers. See article on this page for 
more information. 

January 5, 12, 19, 26 Lay School of Bible and Theology See article 
on this page for more information 

January 24-29 WEEK IN THE WINTER Woods Hiking in the Great 
Smoky Mountains National Park. A group experience of sharing, 
interdependence, leadership, self-examination, and reflection. Leader: Doug 
Hix Cost: $100. 

January Seminars 

The January Seminars for ministers, 
January 5. 6, and 7, will once again 
offer expert help on "Preaching on 
Lent and Easter." The leader of this 
seminar will be Dr. James Wharton, 
Professor of Homiletics at Perkins 
Theological Seminary and former 
pastor of Memorial Drive Presbyterian 
Church in Houston and Professor of 
Old Testament at Austin Presbyterian 
Theological Seminary. Dr. Wharton 
brings both academic and practical 
expertise to this seminar. 

Once again the seminars will offer 
an update on the latest Supplementary 
Worship Resource. This time the 
subject is "Prayer," and the course 
will be taught by the chair of the task 
force which developed the resource. 
Dr. Donald Stake, pastor of the 
Union Presbyterian Church of 
Schenectady, NY. 

Dr. Keith Nickle, pastor of the 
First Presbyterian Church of Jefferson 
City, TN, and formerly Professor of 
New Testament at Columbia, will 
lead a study of Hebrews called "To a 
Pilgrim People." 

Columbia's new president, Dr. 
Douglas Oldenburg, will teach a 
seminar on "Multiple Staff 
Relationships," drawing on his 
experience as pastor of the Covenant 
Presbyterian Church of Charlotte, NC. 
This course will look at the tensions 
and joys of working in multiple staff 
situations. It will give guidance in 
developing harmonious and fruitful 
relationships which draw on the 
strengths of colleagues. 

Another seminar will be offered 
by Dr. Darrel Ray, a counseling 
psychologist who has specialized in 
helping ministers and chaplains in 

Drew Tomberlin, Pastor, Boston 

Presbyterian Church, Boston, 

George Waters, Graduate Study, 

Princeton Theological Seminary, 

Princeton, NJ 
Sharon Youngs, Pastor, RuiTner 

Memorial Presbyterian Church, 

Charleston, WV 

Master of Arts 
(Youth Ministry) 

Catherine Allsbury, in conversation 
Norma Smellie, in conversation 

Doctor of Ministry 
(in Ministry) 

Earle Angell, Aiken, SC 
Bennett Bishop, Monroe, GA 
Albert Bowles, Maryville, TN 
William Boyd, Summerville, SC 
Thomas Cheatham, Montevallo, 

Gabriel Clark, Decatur, GA 
William Conine, Columbus, GA 
Larry Cosper, Graham, AL 
James Cross, Tulsa, OK 
Barry Davies, Decatur, GA 
Daniel Davis, Jacksonville, FL 
Richard Gates, Hurricane, WV 
John Gleason, Valley Forge, PA 

their preaching and counseling. This 
seminar will provide help in the 
construction of healing metaphors for 
sermons and the use of story and 
metaphor to focus and challenge 
congregations and individuals. 

For more information, write or 
call the Office of Advanced Studies at 
Columbia. D 

Lay School 
of Bible 
and Theology 

For four Tuesday evenings in 
January, Columbia Seminary will offer 
its annual Lay School of Bible and 
Theology. The dates are January 5, 
12, 19, 26, 1988. Each participant 
may choose one class from the 

• Acts — Dr. David Moessner 

• History of the Presbyterian 
Church — Dr. Erskine Clarke 

• The Church in the USSR — 
the Rev. Sara Juengst 

• Your Ministry in the Workplace 
— Dr. Robert S. Smith 

The registration fee for each 
course is $25. To register, please call 
404/378-8821, or mail your name, 
address, choice of class, and $25 to 
Lay School, Columbia Seminary, P.O. 
Box 520, Decatur, GA 3003 l.D 

Copies of Colored Light: The Story of the 
Influence of Columbia Theological Semi- 
nary 1828-1936 by Louis LaMotte '25 
are available from the Development Of- 
fice. Please send your name and address 
or call the Development Office, Colum- 
bia Seminary, Box 520, Decatur, GA 
30031, 404/378-8821 for your book. 

Gwynette Grier, Orlando, FL 
Earl Hackett, Augusta, GA 
Carl Hall, Atlanta, GA 
Elias Hardge, St. Louis, MO 
Ross Hightower, Atlanta, GA 
A C. Holler, Charleston Heights, 

John Johnson, Decatur, GA 
Mary Kuhns, Roswell, GA 
Daniel McCall, Augusta, GA 
Clyde McCants, Greenville, SC 
Tony Moon, Franklin Springs, GA 
James Moore, Langley, SC 
Alan Posey, Covington, GA 
Frederick Talbot, Atlanta, GA 
Lewis Trotter, Sarasota, FL 
Harold Vaughn, Birmingham, AL 
Jennifer Whitaker, Atlanta, GA 
Ronald Wilkins, Albuquerque, NM 
Robert Williams, Ridgewood, NJ 

Master of Theology 

Jerrold Burnside, Stone Mountain, 

Lance Netland, Decatur, GA 
Kathryn Sandifer, Tucker, GA 
William Watkins, Mableton, GA 
Ronald Wilson, Monroe, GA 

Travel to 

The year 1988 is the 1,000th 
anniversary of Christianity in the 
USSR. To celebrate this fact, 
Columbia Theological Seminary is 
offering an opportunity to visit the 
Soviet Union and meet fellow 
Christians whose faith is triumphant 
in spite of living in a communist 

Traveling from May 31 through 
June 16, the group will learn about 
the traditions and beliefs to which 
Soviet citizens are exposed in the 
family, the workplace, the school, and 
the church. The group will gain an 
enhanced awareness of the diversity 
and richness of the multinational 
Soviet society. 

Dr. Thomas Remington of the 
Emory University faculty will lead the 
group throughout its tour of the 
USSR. Dr. Remington has lived in 
the Soviet Union as an exchange 
scholar. During the trip, he will 
acquaint the group with the 
significant historical, religious, and 
cultural sites on the tour. 

Tour hosts will be President and 
Mrs. Douglas W. Oldenburg. Dr. 
Oldenburg, Columbia's seventh 
president, has a strong interest in 
global concerns. 

The cost of the trip is $3,150, 
which includes air and land 
transportation, all meals, services of 
bilingual guide, first class hotels in the 
Soviet Union and Poland, and evening 
cultural performances. For more 
information, write or call the Rev. 
Sara Juengst, Columbia Seminary, Box 
520, Decatur, GA 30031; 404/378- 
882 l.D 

Composites of the 1987 graduates are 
available from the Seminary Relations 
Office, Columbia Seminary, P.O. Box 
520, Decatur, GA 30031. Composites 
have been mailed to 1987 graduates. 

Forum 1988 

February 1-4 

SMYTH LECTURER Phyllis Trible, 

Baldwin Professor of Sacred Literature, 

Union Theological Seminary in New 



Sanders, President, Ancient Biblical 

Manuscript Center, Claremont, 



Professor of Biblical Exposition, 

Columbia Theological Seminary. 


Vol. 79, No. 2, Fall 1987 
Published quarterly by 
Columbia Theological Seminary 

The Department of Development/ 
Seminary Relations 

Editor: Juliette Harper 
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and Publicity 

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Left to right: Beverly Gaventa, Phil Gehman '68, Bob Smith 77 

Left to right: Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner, Justo Gonzalez. Bill Thurston 

New full-time 

New part-time faculty 

Columbia Theological Seminary has 
filled three full-time positions, 
President Douglas Oldenburg has 

Dr. Beverly R. Gaventa has been 
named Professor of New Testament. 
She began teaching at Columbia in 
September after leaving the position of 
associate professor of New Testament 
at Colgate Rochester Divinity School 
in Rochester, NY, where she had 
taught since 1976. 

Professor Gaventa has received 
degrees from Phillips University, 
Union Theological Seminary in New 
York, and Duke University. She was 
awarded the honorary Doctor of 
Divinity degree by Kalamazoo College 

in 1983- 

Author of numerous articles and 
reviews, Dr. Gaventa has written the 
book. From Darkness to Light: Aspects 
of Conversion in the New Testament. 
She serves as managing editor of the 
new annual supplement, Critical 
Review of Books in Religion and as 
book editor of Journal for the 
American Academy of Religion. 

She is a member of the Society of 
Biblical Literature and is chair of the 
society's Search Committee to find an 
executive director. Professor Gaventa is 
a member of the Plenary Commission 
on Faith and Order of the World 
Council of Churches, the American 
Academy of Religion, and was a 
member of the Board of Directors of 
Union Seminary in New York trom 
1973 until 1985. She has recently 
been elected to Studiorum Novi 
Testamenti Societas. 

Dr. Philip R. Gehman has been 
appointed to the new position of 
Dean of Students/Vice President for 
Student Life. Dr. Gehman moves to 
this position after serving as Director 
of Admissions and Placement at 
Columbia since 1985. 

A graduate of Columbia, Dr. 
Gehman served as associate pastor at 
First Presbyterian Church in 
Waynesboro, VA, and at First 

FALL 1987 

Presbyterian Church, Greensboro, NC. 
He was pastor at Faith Presbyterian 
Church, Greensboro, NC, before 
joining Columbia's staff. While in the 
pastorate, Dr. Gehman earned the 
DM in. degree from Union 
Theological Seminary in Virginia. 

In the new position of Vice 
President for Student Life, Dr. 
Gehman supervises the administration 
of the Office of Student Life, 
including financial aid and housing 
assignments, and the Office of 
Admissions and Placement. 

Dr. Robert S. Smith, a former 
member of Columbia's Board of 
Directors, has been appointed Director 
of the Lay Institute of Faith and Life 
at Columbia. In this newly created 
position. Dr. Smith will design and 
direct continuing education programs 
for lay people, both on and off 

He will be developing courses in 
such areas as the Christian faith and 
the workplace, leadership development 
in the church, and others. 

An honors graduate of Princeton 
University, Harvard Law School, and 
Columbia Seminary, Dr. Smith brings 
a variety of talents and experiences to 
the new position. After service in the 
U.S. Navy, he was partner in a 
Jacksonville law firm from 1961 until 
1968. Following graduation from 
Columbia in 1971, Dr. Smith served 
pastorates in Georgia, Kentucky, and 
Florida. D 

Pictures and a report of the 
inauguration of Dr. Douglas 
Oldenburg as Columbia's seventh 
president will be printed in the next 
issue of Vantage. 

Justo Luis Gonzalez. Ph.D., has 
begun teaching at Columbia Seminary 
as Adjunct Professor of Church 
History. Dr. Gonzalez is well known 
in the Columbia community and is 
the husband of Dr. Catherine 
Gonzalez, Professor of Church History. 

Dr. Gonzalez was born and 
educated in Cuba before coming to 
the United States. He received the 
PhD from Yale University in 1961 
and has been an active member of a 
number of ecumenical commissions 
and task forces. He has lectured at 
several institutions, including Yale 
University, Union Theological 
Seminary, McCormick Theological 
Seminary, and Claremont School of 

Dr. Gonzalez is best known tor 
his prolific writing. He has published 
35 books, most of which are in 
Spanish. He has also written over 250 
articles for various publications. 

Dr. Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner 
joins the faculty this year as Adjunct 
Professor of Pastoral Theology. She is 
married to Dr. David Moessner, 
Associate Professor of New Testament 
at Columbia. She taught at Columbia 
as a visiting professor in 1985-86. 

Dr. Stevenson-Moessner completed 
the D.Theol. at the University of 
Basel, Switzerland. She received the 
MA. degree from Princeton 
Theological Seminary and did her 
undergraduate work at Vanderbilt 

She has spent several years 
abroad, both teaching and studying. 
She held instructor positions in 
England and West Germany and has 
a special interest in human 
- development. While in West 

Germany, Dr. Stevenson-Moessner 
founded, developed, and administrated 
a guidance department for Black 
Forest Academy 

Dr. Stevenson-Moessner's 
dissertation, "Theological Dimensions 
of Maturation in a Missionary 
Milieu,"' is forthcoming this year. 

The Rev. William A. Thurston 
comes to Columbia Seminary this year 
as Visiting Instructor in Church and 

Society. A graduate of the ' [Diversity 
of Illinois, Mr. Thurston is a formei 
architect and city planner. From 1975 
until 1980, he served as National 

Director of Operation PUSH (People 

United to Serve Humanity). 

Mr. Thurston then returned to 
school and received the M Div. di 

from Candler School ..I Ihrulugv m 

1983 with an emphasis in social 
ethics. He is currently in the Ph.D. 
program at Emory University in the 
held of ethics and society. This year 
he will be teaching part-time V 
Columbia while he completes the 
work for his dissertation. □ 


What is a CALL to the Christian 
ministry; 1 Men and women exploring 
their sense- of call to the ministry are 
invited to attend two special 
conferences at Columbia Seminary. 
These conferences offer an opportunity 
to talk with Columbia students, 
faculty, and staff members about 
preparation for ministry at Columbia 
Theological Seminary. There will be 
ample time to ask questions about 
housing, financial aid, and Columbia s 
curriculum, and to get a taste of life 
in Atlanta. 

The conference dates are- 
November 13-15 and February 26-28. 
College students, recent graduates, 
persons considering a career change 
into ministry, and spouses are invited 
to attend either conference. 

If you are interested or know 
someone who might be interested in 
attending one of the conferences 
please contact Ruth Shannon, Office of 
Admissions, Columbia Seminary, 
Decatur, G A 30031.404/378-8821, 
for further information. D 

Far the Re wrd_ 

If you have recent news you would 1 
please send it to the editor. 

ike to contribute to this section, 

Sherron George (D Mm '86) is a 
professor in the theological seminary 
in Londnna, Parana, Brazil. One of 
three seminaries of the Independent 
Presbyterian Church of Brazil, it has 
about 100 students enrolled. Dr 
George is the first ordained woman to 
teach in a Presbyterian seminary in 
Brazil Her main areas arc missions 
and Christian education, and she also 

teaches Hebrew Merritt Nickinson 

'84 has been called as pastor to the 
Bethel Presbyterian Church in 
Wichita, KS.. Gordon Williams 
77 is teaching history and English in 
the Upper School of Darlington 
School, Rome, GA. 

Robert Ramey, Professor of 
Ministry at Columbia, visited the 
Parish Resource Center at Lancaster, 
PA, on behalf oi Columbia and 
completed a manuscript on leadership 
for the church Lawrence Peebles 
'83 has been called to the Cairo, GA, 
church G. Thompson Brown, 
Associate Professor of World 
Christianity at Columbia, spent three 
weeks in China as chairman ot a 
small staff group from the Division of 
International Missions. The group was 
in Hebei Province at the invitation of 
the Public Health Department, at 
Yangbin Agricultural College in Jilin 
Province, and at the seminary in 

Toshiyuki Kubotera (Th.M. 
75) has begun chaplaincy work in a 
Christian hospital in Osaka, 
Japan Benton Kline, Adjunct 
Professor of Theology and President 
Emeritus at Columbia, taught at the 
Synod of Florida Women's Conference 

in May Bonneau Dickson '33, 

Field Representative at Columbia, was 
a member of the Commission to 
organize Calvin Covenant Presbyterian 
Church in Macon, GA Bert 
Swearingen '65 has been called to 

the Hernando, MS, church 

Rebecca Taylor '81 has been called 
as associate pastor to the First 
Presbyterian Church in Lenoir, NC 

Charles Roberts '83 is associate 
pastor of the First church in 

Greenville, SC Sara C. Juengst 

'83, Associate Director of Advanced 
Studies at Columbia, gave the keynote 
speech at First Presbyterian in Dalton, 
GA, for their workers* banquet and 
taught Christian education in the lay 
preachers' school for Cherokee 
Presbytery in April. In May she 
participated in the National Council 
of Churches' trip to the USSR in 
order to do mission interpretation for 
the PC(USA) next year. She wrote the 
curriculum for the new Presbyterian 
series, Bible Discovery and Celebrate!, 
and served on the design team for 
Celebrate!, first and second grades, 

Jasper Keith (STD 79), 
Professor of Pastoral Care and 
Counseling at Columbia, led a 
seminar on medical ethics for Army 
doctors, nurses, and chaplains, in 
Wuerzburg, Germany, and attended 

the annual meeting of the Society lor 
Pastoral Theology in Denver in June. 
In July he addressed the Cobb County 
(GA) Hospital Chaplains Association 
on "Pastoral Care to AIDS Patients 
and Their Families'' and presented an 
address at the Medical Ethics 
Symposium in Augusta, GA Mills 
Peebles '59 has been called to the 
First church in Laurel, MS Bruce 
Lancaster 79 is pastor of the 
Westminster church in Decatur, AL. 

Peter Carruthers 73 (Th.M. 
83) is associate pastor of 
congregational care and commitment 
at White Memorial Church in 

Raleigh, NC C. Betts Huntley 

(D Mm '86) is pastor of the First 
church in Safety Harbor, 
FL Sharon Youngs '87, a 
Maryville College Board member, 
preached the baccalaureate sermon 

there David Waters '68 has been 

assigned to the chaplain's staff of 
Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 

Washington, DC James Newsome 

'55, Professor of Old Testament at 
Columbia, contributed book reviews 
to the periodicals Interpretation and 
Catholic Biblical Quarterly and 
devoted time to a projected book on 
Second Temple Judaism He also 
attended the international meeting of 
the society of Biblical Literature in 
Heidelburg, West Germany. 

Lucy Rose, Assistant Professor of 
Preaching and Worship at Columbia, 
led worship at a gathering of women 
faculty at Presbyterian seminaries and 
Presbyterian women faculty at non- 
Presbyterian seminaries in Chicago in 
April She lectured at Pittsburgh 
Theological Seminary at their summer 

School of Religion in June Fred 

Bonkovsky, Professor of Christian 
Ethics at Columbia, during the past 
year of his sabbatic leave has preached 
and spoken in churches in West and 
East Germany and in seminaries and 


To Ron '82 and Judy Stone, a son, 

Ian Arthur, Nov. 25, 1986. 

To Ken '84 and Lisa Barfield, a son, 

John Russell, Feb. 1987. 

To Mark '84 and Talley K. Kayser, a 

daughter, Talley Virginia, Aug. 10, 


To Penny '86 and Richard '87 Hill, a 

son, Nicholas Griffin, May 20, 1987. 

To Charles '86 and Melissa Tucker, a 

daughter, Hannah Rae, Mar. 1, 1987. 

To Olin '87 and Jim McBride, a 

daughter, Emory Virginia, July 14, 


To Kevin '89 and Kimberly Dorsett, 

a daughter, Elizabeth Kimberly, July 

10, 1987. 

D^e^oTuoT^ghtllaTinayguratid as Peachtree Professor of Evangelism and 
Church Growth on April 7. D, Frank Harrington W left. Paster of Peachtree 
Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, gave the charge to the professor. Dr. Johnson s inau- 
gural address was "Some Narrative Aspects of Evangelism. 


Samuel Burney Hay '23, Aug. 8, 1987 
Charles Cureton '28, June 12, 1987. 
David F. Blue '36, April 9, 1987. 
Eddie Craig '51, Sept. 5, 1987. 
Forest Traylor "54, March 23, 1987. 
Dean McKee, July 19, 1987. 

evangelical academies in Germany and 
Italy. He attended and studied the 
German Kirchentage (church renewal 
conferences) of over 100,000 persons. 
Dr. Bonkovsky was visiting professor 
at the Johann Goethe University in 
Frankfurt, where he participated in 
courses in the theology, philosophy, 
and social science departments. His 
writings appeared in the journals 
Commonweal and Eur/NATO Review. 

Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner, 
Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Theology 
at Columbia, attended a conference for 
Presbyterian Women in Theological 
Education in Chicago in April and led 
a series of Sunday School classes at 
Emory Presbyterian Church in May. 
Some of her research on children of 
missionaries has been published in 
Missiology: An International Review, 
Vol. XIV, No. 3, and her article 
concerning conversation between Karl 
Barth and Friedrich Gogarten in 1920 
was published in the Aug. 12 issue of 
Die Neue Zeitschrift fuer Systematische 
Theologie und Religionsphilosophie 
(Tuebingen) Charles Gibbs '56 
has been honorably retired by Athens 
Presbytery from stated supply of the 

Tiger, GA, church Kerry Duncan 

'80 is chaplain at the Wesley Woods 
Geriatric Center in Atlanta. 

Brian Childs, Associate Professor 
of Pastoral Theology and Counseling 
at Columbia, and Marilyn 
Washburn '81 taught a sophomore 
elective course at Emory University 
Medical School on Pastoral Care for 
Medical Students. In May he led a 
workshop in New Orleans at the 
Meeting of Presbyterian Men on 
"Stress and the Christian Life'' and a 
workshop on "Grief Through 
Separation and Divorce" at a meeting 
of the Atlanta Singles Ministry. He 
and John Patton led a plenary 
presentation at the annual meeting of 
the Society For Pastoral Theology on 
their forthcoming book, Christian 
Marriage and Family: Caring for Our 
Generations, in Denver. His article, 
"Some Brief Reflections on Value 
Training in Family Therapy 

Education," appeared in the June '87 
issue of Journal of Pastoral Care. 

H.K. Johnston '82 has been 
called to the Hartness Thornwell 
Memorial Church and as chaplain at 
the Thornwell Home in Clinton, 

SC William Boyle (Th.M 75) has 

been honorably retired by Atlanta 
Presbytery from the Georgia 

Association of Pastoral Care Ben 

Johnson, Professor of Evangelism and 
Church Growth at Columbia, 
addressed Celebration '87, sponsored 
by the Synod of the Covenant in 
South Bend, IN, in April. In May he 
led a workshop on "Faith Sharing "at 
the Presbyterian Men's Convention in 
New Orleans and conducted "Days of 
Decision" for Government Street 
Presbyterian Church in Mobile. He 
has addressed Wilmington and 
Holston Presbyteries, conducted a 
worship service at the Lake Huron 
Presbytery meeting and spoken for 
Special Order of Day in Flint, MI. He 
led clergy training for New Age 
Dawning for Synod of the Covenant, 
Detroit, Ml, and Synod of the Sun, 
Dallas, TX. 

George McMaster '53 has been 
honorably retired as interim pastor at 
East Point, GA, church John 
Patton, Adjunct Professor of Pastoral 
Theology, was Rail Lecturer at 
Garrett-Evangelical Theological 
Seminary in their Spring Lecture 
Series, "Communicating a Caring 
Ministry," in April. In June he 
lectured at Duke University on 
"Caring for Your Generations" and 
"Loyalty and Commitment in 
Generational Care." In August he did 
a two-day workshop in Perth, 
Australia, on "Pastoral Care and 
Human Forgiveness" and was the 
keynote speaker at the Third 
International Congress on Pastoral Care 
and Counseling in Melbourne on the 
conference theme, "Pastoral Ministry 
in a Fractured World." Also in 
Melbourne he gave three lectures on 
"Caring for Your Generations" at the 
Tenth Joint Annual Conference of the 
Continued on page 1 


Dr. Ersktne Clarke '66, center, was inaugurated as Professor of American Religious 
History on September 23, delivering the address, "Southern Nationalism, Religion, 
and Columbia Theological Seminary." Dr. Janos Pasztor, left, Professor of Practical 
Theology and Dean of Reformed Theological Academy in Debrecen, Hungary, and 
Visiting Professor of Practical Theology at Columbia this year, and William Arnold 
'66, right, Dean of Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, took part in the service. 

For the Record 
Continued from page 6 

Australian and New Zealand 
Association of Theological Schools and 
Society for Theological Studies, where 
he shared the morning platform with 
Jurgen Moltmann. 

Luke Harkey '74 has been 
appointed Assistant Professor of 
Religious Education at the Boston 
University School of 

Theology Normer Adams (D.Min. 

'86) has been licensed as a marriage 
and family therapist. He is the 
administrator of Christian City 

Children's Home in Atlanta Wade 

Huie "46, Professor of Homiletics at 
Columbia, preached the baccalaureate 
sermon at Presbyterian College in May 
and received the Doctor of Divinity 

degree at graduation Clara Stuart 

(M.B.E. '65) has written a book, 
Latimer: Apostle to the English, about 

the English Reformer Doug Hood 

'87 and Grace Cameron (MATS. 
'88) were married in Tampa on June 

Ed Trimmer, Associate Professor 
of Christian Education at Columbia, 
was theologian in residence for staff 
training at Camp Glisson in north 
Georgia in June. He was keynote 
speaker and preacher during Youth 
Week in July at Lake Junaluska and 
was Bible study leader with David 
Stone at the National Youth Ministry 
Organization's meeting in 
Montgomery in August. In September 
he led a youth fellowship component 
for an Athens Presbytery Leadership 
Workshop and the youth leaders' 
component at the School of Christian 
Enrichment, North Georgia 
Conference of the United Methodist 

Church Maynard Pittendreigh 

(D.Min. '86) has been called to the 
Altama church in Brunswick, GA. 

Gwin Pratt '82 is pastor of the 
Orange Park church in 
Jacksonville Mike Carey '86 and 

Lynn Brockwell were married June 13 

in Marietta, GA Lavern Franzen 

(D.Min. '85) has been elected bishop 
of the State of Florida for the newly 
formed Evangelical Lutheran Church 

in America Matthew McGowan 

'52 is moderator of East Tennessee 
Presbytery... Yale Gunn '54 gave the 
invocation and benediction at the 
University of Florida commencement 
on May 2, when his son graduated. 
Yale is minister of two rural churches 
in West Virginia, the Salem and 
McLean churches near 

Ronceverte Lyle Peterson '46 has 

retired from missionary service after 
37 years in Japan. 

Larry Richards '59 has been 
called to the Covenant church in 

Augusta, GA Roland Purdue '59 

is pastor of First church in 

Birmingham, MI Brad Smith '89 

and Nancy Holderman were married 

in Columbia, SC, on June 6 L.C 

Moore '53 has returned to the 

mission field in Japan John 

Ellington '62 has moved from 
Dakar, Senegal, to Bouake, Ivory 
Coast, and is continuing to work as 
Bible Translations Consultant with the 
United Bible Societies in West 

Africa Ken Barfield '84 is pastor 

of the St. Andrew's church in Little 

Rock, AR Ludwig Dewitz, 

Professor Emeritus of Old Testament 
at Columbia, spent two weeks in May 
as resident pastor at a Christian hostel 
for the elderly in Switzerland. He 
spent July in Colorado Springs 
teaching Young Life staff members. 

Michael Winters 76 is pastor 
of the Presbyterian church of Berwyn, 

IL David Gunn, Professor of Old 

Testament at Columbia, lectured on 
new approaches to the study of 
biblical narrative at the Presbyterian 
Theological Hall, Dunedin, New 
Zealand, and at the United Faculty of 
Theology, Melbourne, Australia, in 
June and July. He gave the 1987 
Jean and Farquhar Gunn Lectures, 

Development J Seminary Relations 

By James F. Dickenson 

Vice President, Development/Seminar)' Relations 

A healthy institution 

As 1 HAV! often said, a healthy 
educational institution must be Strong 
in four key areas if it is to make an 
impact on society, or in mn , .ist. the 
church This applies to two-year 
colleges, four-year liberal arts schools, 
universities, and all kinds of graduate 
schools. Weakness in any one or two 
of these will create untold problems 
which can ^ripple institutions. Let's 
review these four. 

1. Admins tration, Strong, positive 
administration always begins with the 
president The president must deal 
with all consntuenues, but he or she 
is also responsible for the overall 
administration of the school. The 
Board of Directors (Trustees) provides 
the governing oversight and must 
always know its considerable 
responsibilities and duties However, it 
is the president, administrators, and 
staff who must keep the enterprise 

Another part of this is to develop 
and implement directions and 
objectives. A good long- and short- 
range plan should always be in place, 
because it provides a do-able list of 
accomplishments, attainable over a 
period of years. 

2. Faculty. The core of any good 
educational institution is its faculty. 
To be obvious, the purpose of an 
educational institution is to educate. 
To receive the best education requires 
the best teaching faculty. Therefore, 
scholars are needed, scholars who teach 
and who appreciate what they are 
attempting to do. At Columbia 
Seminary we have an outstanding 
faculty. There is love for the church, a 
pastoral concern for the students, and 

a feeling for the future health of the 

Columbia takes steps to ensure its 
faculty is properly trained, both before 
assuming a teaching post and by 
granting sabbaticals every seven years 
for those who have served in the 

3. Students: A company is known by 
its product. So is an institution. What 

comes forth, what is productive, is a 
measure of how well the product is 
put together. But it is important that 
before we get to what comes out, we 
become aware of what goes in. 
Students are called of God, to be his 
servants. They must be capable, 
intelligent, committed to the Gospel 
of Jesus Christ. They must also have 
leadership qualities because they will 
be called upon to lead congregations. 
Ovet the decades too many churches 
have been hurt because of poor 

4. Constituents. It is safe to say that 
no institution can exist for long 
without its faithful constituents and 
strong supporters. Alumni/ae, friends 
of the seminary, active participants, 
our boards, and support groups are 
extremely important to the health of 
the institution. There are many who 
lend emotional support as well as 
financial support, and there are people 
who want to see the seminary become 
one of the best around the world. 
Their interest, loyalty, and 
commitment are treasures which 
cannot be replaced. 

As I have said, all four areas must 
be strong to have a healthy insti- 
tution. However, there is one other 
vitally important ingredient which 
applies to all of the above. 

There must be balance. None of 
these four areas should be allowed to 
"get out of balance." We have heard 
recently how some constituents tried 
to influence the hiring of football 
coaches at a major university. An 

Sometimes faculties have made a grab 
for power. An imbalance. I have 
heard recently about an administration 
which simply could not cut it, and 
the president resigned. An imbalance. 

A healthy institution will have 
strength across the board and will also 
strive for balance among its key areas. 

Fortunately, Columbia Seminary 
appears to be a very healthy institu- 
tion with each of its areas strong and 
in proper balance. □ 

Reading the Old Anew: The Book 
of Ruth, or Two Women in a Man's 
World,'' for the Uniting Church in 
Australia, Synod of Victoria, in 
Melbourne and Gcelong. He 
conducted a workshop on Old 
Testament narrative for the Synod's 
continuing education division. In 
September he attended the Advisory 
Council of Interpretation at Union 
Seminary in Richmond. Dr. Gunn has 
had a chapter on Joshua and Judges 
published in Harvard University Press' 
new Literary Guide to the 

Bible John Pope 79. Navy 

chaplain, and his family, now 
stationed at the Naval Air Station, 
Subic Bay, Phillipines, were presented 
with the Great American Family 
Community Award in January. D 

PAC to meet 

The President's Advisory Council 

will hold its annual meeting Friday, 
October 30, at Columbia Seminary. 
At its meeting, the council will 
discuss the seminary's programs and 
activities and will hear from officers 
and faculty members of the seminary. 

The President's Advisory Council 
is a group of leaders from throughout 
the seven southeastern states which 
support Columbia. These men and 
women meet yearly to be brought up 
to advise President Oldenburg, the 
faculty, and administration. 

Officers for 1987-88 are Joe 
Patrick, chairman; John Chambless, 
vice chairman, and Hayden Sams, 
secretary. D 

FALL 1987 

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^ * * !5. 

Jamaican alums with Atlanta visitors on the campus of the United Theological College 
of the West Indies 

Alumni/ae meeting in Jamaica 

In THt SPRING of this year, the 
Jamaican alumni/ae of Columbia 
Seminary gathered to meet President 
Douglas Oldenburg and, as at any 
alumni/ae meeting, to ask about 
friends and talk about their time on 
the Columbia campus. The setting 
was The Devon House, one of the 
historic Great Houses of Jamaica, now 
a museum and a splendid restaurant. 
Those who gathered represented 
much of the leadership of the church 
in Jamaica today: the Rt. Rev. 

Neville DeSouza, Bishop of Jamaica 
(Anglican); President Ashley Smith of 
the United Theological College of the 
West Indies; the Rt. Rev. Standford 
Webley, past moderator of the United 
Church of Jamaica and Grand 
Cayman; theology professors and 
parish ministers, young pastors, 
teachers, and experienced church 

The occasion was provided by a 
meeting to review the cooperative 
program between the schools of the 

Atlanta Theological Association and 
the United Theological College. Guests 
from Atlanta were, in addition to Dr. 
Oldenburg, President James Costen of 
tht Interdenominational Theological 
Center, Dean Randall Ruble of 
Erskine Theological Seminary, and 
Professor Erskine Clarke of Columbia. 

The meeting reflected significant 
changes that have taken place at 
Columbia during the last eight years. 
The student body now includes 
numerous internationals. Distinguished 
international scholars and church 
leaders spend their sabbatic leave at 
Columbia, and approximately 70 
percent of our U.S. students preparing 
for ministry now participate in one of 
Columbia's international programs. 
U.S. students and faculty, while 
recognizing that their primary 
responsibility for ministry remains in 
the Southeast, have a new awareness 
of the church around the world and 
of the Christian ties that transcend 
national and ethnic lines. 

The Jamaican alumni/ae spoke at 
the dinner with great appreciation for 
their time at Columbia. Bishop 
DeSouza said the program at 
Columbia has been a help to the 
church in Jamaica as it seeks to 
minister to the needs of the nation 
and its people. 

President Oldenburg responded by 
emphasizing the tremendous 
contribution the church in Jamaica 
has made to Columbia Seminary and 
through it to the life of the church in 

the U.S. He mentioned the many 
programs with the church in Jamaica 
that have enhanced Columbia's 
preparation of persons for ministry. 

President Smith spoke of a 
genuinely mutual relationship between 
Columbia and the United Theological 
College where each seeks to support 
and be of help to the other. He 
presented copies of a recent history of 
the Caribbean to the guests from 

The meal of suckling pig, curried 
goat, and jerk chicken (cooked over 
allspice coals) was a happy and 
memorable occasion for those 
Columbia alumni/ae and their friends 
who gathered under the Devon House 
trees. Professor Howard Gregory of 
the United Theological College spoke 
tor all when he gave thanks for the 
time together, for the good food, and 
for the ties of Christian love that bind 
people together from all nations and 
races. □ 

Professor Erskine Clarke, the writer, 
directs Columbia's international 



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